From Kate Bush to the Beastie Boys and beyond, musicians are once again turning to actors and celebrities to spice up their promos
'I used to say, "Dan, you're so funny at a party, you've got to try to get that into your comedy"'
As the Royal Mint announces a £5 coin to commemorate John Lennon, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the former Beatle was the only rock legend born in 1940 and taken from us too early. Yet Frank Zappa, who died of prostate cancer in 1993, would have been 70 next month too. Buried in an unmarked grave, he was clearly against the cult of celebrity. Now, though, London's Roundhouse is to mark the anniversary.
It could be a lot worse, John – you could have a dipsomaniac angst rocker on your case
There was a curious mix of something old, something new, something borrowed (such as BBC stars Catherine Tate, Rob Brydon, James Corden and Ruth Jones) and plenty of blue for this mammoth charity gig housed by a venue that was once itself a standing joke when it was the Millennium Dome.
The weird world of ‘The Mighty Boosh’ has a new home in the iPhone universe.
The war's 70th anniversary released a torrent of nostalgia, which should stop. Now
Everything's on offer, from dance at Womad to comedy...
The results are in for this year's pick of the indie crop...
Alas, the cessation of vibrations in MPs' pockets is not because the whips have decided to allow our elected representatives a free vote as led by their consciences. Antiquated pagers have simply been cut off and replaced by new "Rapide" text messages sent to mobile phones.
The Sheffield indie rockers Arctic Monkeys look set to dominate this year's NME Awards after receiving a record seven nominations.